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Mighty4 Arts Foundation
Figure 3: Artist Vogue mixing aerosol paint techniques with fine art to create the Swift Rock portrait. Photo by #Rawkbeez.

#SwiftRockForever Lives on in San Francisco Mural

“I just wanted to get my hands in everything – you don’t live that long. God gave me the ability to do this stuff. I just want to be able to touch everything that I could. I battled, I do clubs, I’m making beats now – I wanted to be able to do everything.” – Brian “DJ Swift Rock” Lucas, 2008

Figure 1: Mighty4 Founder & Aerosol Artists at the #SwiftRockForever mural. Left to Right: Paulskeee, Vogue, East3, Kraze1Da. Photo by #Rawkbeez

Figure 1: Mighty4 Founder & Aerosol Artists at the #SwiftRockForever mural. Left to Right: Paulskeee, Vogue, East3, Kraze1Da. Photo by #Rawkbeez

SAN FRANCISCO, CA December 12, 2015 — On Saturday, November 7, 2015 Mighty4 Arts Foundation (M4AF) brought aerosol artists East3 (Keep It Flowing Media), Kraze (808 Giants), and Vogue (TDK) together to paint a memorial for Brian “DJ Swift Rock” Lucas in the Mission. The #SwiftRockForever mural features a portrait, handstyle, character, and quote by Swift Rock, all created freehand with aerosol paint.

Daly City is home to the mobile DJ crew movement, having raised world renowned DJs at house parties and Hip Hop events since the 1980s to the early 2000s. Of this lineage came DJ Swift Rock – a trailblazer on the turntables, and a warrior in battles. Brian started practicing in 1993 after attending a DJ battle at Matter Music in Pacifica as a young teen. After watching DJ Shortkut mesmerize the audience and win the competition, Brian knew he had found his life’s calling.

Figure 2: Artist Ken "East3" Nishimura adding finishing touches to his original handstyle in memory of Swift Rock. Photo by #Rawkbeez.

Figure 2: Artist Ken “East3″ Nishimura adding finishing touches to his original handstyle in memory of Swift Rock. Photo by #Rawkbeez.

Though Brian is most well known for his contributions to the turntablist and DJing community in beat juggling, he was above all a student to Hip Hop culture attending Universal Zulu Nation meetings as a teen, and spinning at events like the Mighty4 Festival. His dedication to carrying on the traditions of Hip Hop showed in his knowledge of the elements, the pioneers and their signature tricks. Brian spent his days after school practicing six hours at a time to sharpen his skills for the next battle. After earning multiple competitions in the golden era battle scene, he brought home the winning title at the 1998 Vestax World Championship in Japan. Brian represented the funk of the Bay Area and his crews Rock Force, 2DXtreme, Supernatural Turntable Artists, and soon became an honorary member of the world famous Triple Threat DJs.

Yet what these titles and accomplishments do not tell, is the incredible human being that Brian was. A force to be reckoned with in the cut throat battle scene of DJing, Brian was also known as a welcoming spirit, open to teaching newcomers or exchanging conversation with everyone in the room. When the DJ scene began to change in the Bay Area, Brian had always advocated connecting youth to Hip Hop. As Mighty4 moves into the new year with a Hip Hop Scholarship program on the horizon, the dedication and passion to reach students and youth in the Bay Area will live through #SwiftRockForever.

Figure 3: Artist Vogue mixing aerosol paint techniques with fine art to create the Swift Rock portrait. Photo by #Rawkbeez.

Figure 3: Artist Vogue mixing aerosol paint techniques with fine art to create the Swift Rock portrait. Photo by #Rawkbeez.

Special thanks to the Lucas Family, aerosol artists for donating their skills and time to the mural, Miguel “Mr. E” Escobedo for donating the wall space of his restaurant. The mural can be viewed at Papalote Mexican Grill at 3409 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.

Figure 4: From top to bottom - Artists Vogue, East3, and Tony "Kraze1Da" adding finishing touches to the mural. Photo by #Rawkbeez.

Figure 4: From top to bottom – Artists Vogue, East3, and Tony “Kraze1Da” adding finishing touches to the mural. Photo by #Rawkbeez.

Figure 4: Mighty4 Arts Foundation Founder & President, Paulskeee, priming the walls for the mural.

Figure 5: Mighty4 Arts Foundation Founder & President, Rock Force Crew President, Paulskeee, priming the walls for the mural. Photo by #Rawkbeez

Figure 6: Artist Vogue beginning the Swift Rock portrait. Photo by #Rawkbeez.

Figure 6: Artist Vogue beginning the Swift Rock portrait. Photo by #Rawkbeez.

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Figure 7: Artist East3 painting an original handstyle. Photo by #Rawkbeez.

Figure 4: Artist - East3. It's all in the details. Photo by #Rawkbeez.

Figure 8: Artist – East3. It’s all in the details. Photo by #Rawkbeez.

 

Figure 9: Artist Kraze1Da putting in work at night. Photo by #Rawkbeez.

Figure 9: Artist Kraze1Da putting in work at night. Photo by #Rawkbeez.

ARTIST CONTACT
Ken “East3” Nishimura
Instagram: @eastthree
mgmt@east-3.com
www.east-3.com
www.keepitflowingmedia.com

Vogue
Instagram: @vogue_tdk
sales@voguesworld.com
www.voguesworld.com

Tony “Kraze1da” Parker
Instagram: @kustomprodigy @crown_works_garage

PHOTO CONTACT
Rob Suguitan
Instagram: @rawkbeez
#rawkbeez
www.rawkbeez.com

 

Mighty4 at AHDMA Arts & Wine Fest in Union City

On Sunday, October 11th the Alvarado Historic District Merchants Association hosted the first annual Arts & Wine Fest, bringing the Union City community together at Old Alvarado Park. Mighty4 Arts Foundation was proud to be a Presenting Sponsor, supporting the AHDMA and local businesses for their first big event.

Mighty4 Founder, Paulskeee was publicly recognized for his recent 2015 Alameda County Arts Leadership commendation during the event. On behalf of AHDMA, Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci expressed her gratitude in Mighty4 Art Foundation’s participation that made the Arts & Wine Fest possible. She continued to proudly speak of Paul’s accomplishments and contributions to his hometown of Union City through his global work in Hip Hop culture, Mighty4, and youth empowerment.

The Mighty4 staff and volunteers had a great time at the event, making valuable connections with local businesses and residents. This opportunity with AHDMA make 2016 a promising year of unity and collaboration for Union City, California.

Special thanks to Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci, Jeanelle Singh, the Alvarado Historic District Merchants Association Event Committee, and Jeremiah Carreon.

Mighty4 Founder Honored with Alameda County Arts & Leadership Award

Mighty4 Arts Foundation Founder & President, Paulskeee, receiving the Alameda County Arts & Leadership Award from District 2 Supervisor, Richard Valle.
Mighty4 Arts Foundation Founder & President, Paulskeee, receiving the Alameda County Arts & Leadership Award from District 2 Supervisor, Richard Valle.

Alameda County Arts Commission announces six recipients of the
2015 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award

Alameda County Board of Supervisors to Commend the
Award Recipients on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Alameda County Arts Commission is pleased to recognize six individuals for their achievements and contributions impacting the arts community and residents of Alameda County. The following individuals are the recipients of the 2015 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award: Bernice R. Bates, Sarah Crowell, Susan Dunn, Chris Johnson, Judy Lam, and Paul Ruma.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors commended these six individuals during the Board’s public meeting on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. This event is also presented in conjunction with the County’s celebration of California Arts Day and National Arts and Humanities Month of October.

Paul Ruma of Union City is the founder and director of Mighty 4 Arts Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving history, advancing artistry, and empowering youth through Hip Hop cultural arts.

Since 1998 he has had international impact in over forty cities worldwide by providing education about Hip Hop culture through the community based events, classes, workshops and documentary productions.

Ruma an accomplished B-Boy dancer who led his group Rock Force Crew to the Battle of the Year world championship of Breakdancing in 1998 representing the USA taking first place and continues to receive numerous international awards.

Mighty4 Day Event Committee

M4Day-EventCommitteeWe’re having our first Mighty4 Day Event Committee meeting! If you love art, music, dance, and making a positive impact in the community, then join the team and be part of this years Mighty4 Day Festival.

We’re having our first meeting Monday, March 28th, 7PM-8PM at CoreFitness by Jeanelle in Union City. Click the flyer to RSVP today!

Can’t make it? Meetings will take place every 4th Monday of the month.

 

 

Share the Love this Valentine’s Day

This weekend, give some love and art at these community events!

Cards & Coffee 2016Spend the day with Mighty4 for cards and coffee! We’ll be at Kaffa Coffee Roasting Co. to make thoughtful, handmade cards for seniors at Pacifica Senior Living this Valentine’s Day. Join us for some art activities, and stick around for the weekly farmers market across the street!


Community-Mural-Project-1030x969Also this weekend, our friends at Keep it Flowing Media and Diverse A.R.T. will be starting their Nānākuli Community Mural Project on the island of Oahu, along with the Okimoto Corporation, District 43 Representative Andria Tupola and the Nānākuli Community. Be sure to follow their work and support their cause!

M4Connect: February Artist Opportunities

As a leading organization in the advancement for Hip Hop cultural arts, Mighty4 is dedicated to helping creatives in their pursuit for artistic development. Beginning this month, Mighty4 will serve as a resource to artists around the world by promoting various opportunities to our network, including cultural exchange, residency programs, individual artist grants, and more.

*Opportunities listed may be for both US citizens and non-US citizens.* Please follow the links for specific information about eligibility requirements.

Name & Link to Opportunity
Deadline
Host Organization
Brief Summary

Chinese Hospital Mural Project
Deadline: 1 March 2016
San Francisco Chinese Hospital
San Francisco’s Chinese Hospital is opening a new building in April 2016. The west exterior wall facing James Alley will be a unique opportunity for an artist to create a work featured on an important community institution.  The hospital intends on establishing a visual public presence that beautifies and contributes to the community life of Chinatown.  Artists are invited to submit a proposal for a public art project up to $30,000 by March 1, 2016 to Chinatown Community Development Center, which is assisting Chinese Hospital on this project.

StreetSmARTs Mural Pool
Deadline: 14 March 2016
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco Arts Commission’s StreetSmARTS program connects artists with private property owners to create vibrant murals on their buildings, enhancing the character of their property and surrounding neighborhood, while deterring ongoing vandalism. We are seeking applications from painters and/or muralists to establish a pool of qualified artists to be considered for upcoming mural opportunities. Eligibility is open to practicing artists or artist teams residing in the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma).

Postcards from Stockton
Deadline: 15 March 2016
Downtown Stockton Alliance (DSA)
DSA is implementing an outdoor art program which will install large scale murals on blank walls in Downtown Stockton. The murals will be designed as vintage postcards from Stockton with themes focusing on local diversity and history as well as seasonal holidays.

Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship
Deadline: 18 March 2016
Brooklyn Academy of Music
BAM announces a new fellowship in honor of DanceAfrica founding elder Baba Chuck Davis. This unique opportunity is open to emerging choreographers, offering dance practitioners a chance to travel to Africa and study with one or more experts in African dance, as determined by the awardee’s project proposal. The fellowship offers up to $9,000 in funding for travel, accommodations, and research expenses.

San Art Laboratory
Deadline: 12 April 2016
Foundation for Arts Initiatives, Embassy of Denmark, Vietnam, and Vietnam Foundation for the Arts

‘San Art Laboratory’ is a studio and residency program initiated and managed by San Art in Ho Chi Minh City. Situated in separate furnished premises with communal kitchen, nearby San Art in Binh Thanh District, ‘San Art Laboratory’ aims to provide 3 artists with a studio and living quarters for three months each. Successful artists will be granted USD1000 towards production costs and a small living allowance.

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences’ Residency Program
Rolling deadline – contact for details
Culture and Creative Industries Program at Chapman University in conjunction with the European Union

Orange, CA, USA

***PAST DEADLINES***

U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program 2016
Deadline: 1 February 2016
The Japan U.S. Friendship Connection

Japan
The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission offers up to five leading contemporary and traditional artists from the United States an opportunity to spend three to five months in Japan in 2017.

OneBeat 2016
Deadline: 5 February 2016
US State Department’s Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs and Found Sound Nation
USA
OneBeat brings musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world to the U.S. for one month each fall to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement.

Dance Research NRW 2016
Deadline: 14 February 2016
NRW KULTUR sekretariat
Cologne and Wuppertal, Germany, EU
The NRW KULTURsekretariat is offering 6–12 week performing arts residencies to dancers, choreographers, performers and musicians for research projects on specific topics.

Creative Catalyst 2016
Deadline: 16 February 2016
The San Diego Foundation
San Diego, CA, USA
The San Diego Foundation invites your participation in the 2016 Creative Catalyst Program, with grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to support the creation and development of new work conceived by San Diego-based professional artists and focused on creating opportunities for community engagement through arts and culture.